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The hypothesis of a critical period in the development of schizophrenia follows research showing that in the early years prompt treatment can affect the long term course of psychosis and that delays in first treatment can increase early relapse rates. (Macmillan et al, 1986)





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  • Birchwood, M. Jackson, C. and Todd, P. (1998). The critical period hypothesis. International Clinical

Psychopharmacy 12, 27-38.


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